Explore the exciting world of physical computing and create electronic circuits that you can control with code.
Learn the benefits of using physical computing with your students.
On this course from the Raspberry Pi Foundation, you will be introduced to the world of physical computing. You will use input devices to capture data, a process that data with the Python programming language, and then use output devices to get information back out from your computer.
Along the way, you will learn how to use the principles of sequence, selection, and iteration in your physical computing programmes. You will also learn some foundational electronics to help you create the circuits that you will use.
In the final week, you will create a physical computing project of your own.
What topics will you cover?
- Input and output devices
- Python programming
- Use of variables, functions, and classes
- Applying design processes
- Project-based learning
When would you like to start?
Most FutureLearn courses run multiple times. Every run of a course has a set start date but you can join it and work through it after it starts.
- Available now
- 7 December 2020
What will you achieve?
By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to:
- Develop an understanding of how the Raspberry Pi can be used as a tool for physical computing.
- Apply knowledge of programming concepts to control digital inputs and outputs.
- Identify practical applications of inputs and outputs to make a project.
- Reflect on your learning and create ideas for your classroom practice.
- Identify ways of engaging learners in physical computing in your learning context.
Who is the course for?
This course is designed for teachers who deliver lessons at GCSE level or equivalent, and for beginner makers looking to develop their knowledge of electronics and programming.
What software or tools do you need?
During the course, you will use Python 3.
You will need:
- A Raspberry Pi computer and peripherals:
- A keyboard
- A mouse
- A monitor
- A selection of components to use in your projects:
- A breadboard
- 6 male-to-female jumper cables
- 3 LEDs (of different colours if possible)
- 3 330-ohm resistors
- A buzzer
- A button
- A PIR sensor
- A Raspberry Pi Camera Module (optional)
- Craft supplies:
- Glue, tape, or other type of adhesive
- Scissors or a craft knife
Who will you learn with?
Carrie Anne Philbin
I lead the Raspberry Pi Foundation's efforts to support educators with resources and training. I'm an experienced computing teacher, an advocate for diversity in tech, author and a YouTuber.
Who developed the course?
Raspberry Pi Foundation
The Raspberry Pi Foundation works to put the power of digital making into the hands of people all over the world, so they are capable of understanding and shaping our increasingly digital world.
National Centre for Computing Education
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